#DeleteFacebook and FOSTA/SESTA
posted March 28, 2018
We, each and every one of us, need to make the decision to move to free, open source, and decentralized online services.
It will be painful. It will be difficult. It may mean giving up some comforts, like sending money instantly to friends without fees.
It is also the only way to prevent some seriously bad things from happening.
Inciting Events In recent weeks, two major things happened:
Facebook’s business model - gathering as much information about you as possible, then selling it - was used in a totally predictable way that, nonetheless, nobody seemed prepared for.
posted February 21, 2017
I’m currently taking a course called “Macbeth from Page to Stage”. We’re discussing superstitions in theatre, and it got me thinking about hacker myths. I wrote this for the assignment, but I thought others might find it interesting.
As a hacker and programmer, I’m part of a culture that is both dismissive of and fascinated by the supernatural. Of course, as people who have to perform extreme rationality and logic in order to be taken seriously, nobody really believes in ghosts or spirits or divination - and yet we have the “demo gods” to whom laptops, chickens, and goats are (figuratively) sacrificed in order to ensure the proper operation of live demonstrations at conferences.
Why Linux on the PC Needs a Focus on Hardware Support
posted August 02, 2016
Linux cannot fall behind in hardware support. In fact, if we ever want to capture the desktop market, we have to race ahead.
A few days ago, I had an interesting and somewhat frustrating experience with a friend of mine. Their laptop was dying, so they asked me to give them some suggestions for a new one.
Their requirements were a computer with a display that was good for reading, enough power to be responsive and able to multitask well, and rapidly accessible storage, but not necessarily a lot of it.
I Repaired My Headphones
posted June 04, 2016
Hardware manufacturers are missing out on a huge potential source of revenue: the thrifty tech user market. No, really. Let me explain.
I just woke up to find that my favorite pair of headphones was making only one sound, and it wasn’t the one I was putting in as an electrical signal. It was rattling.
Feeling adventurous, I popped the around-the-ear pads off and - lo and behold! - found four Torx screws.
A Story About My Personal Trainer
posted June 01, 2016
This is a story about a woman who runs her own small business as a personal trainer. She uses Microsoft Publisher to create her at-home training programmes and Excel for keeping track of payments, et cetera. She has a Win XP computer from 2004.
I upgraded said computer to Windows 7 at XP EOL and replaced her ancient GPU so that she could use two monitors. I also got her to use LibreOffice Calc instead of MS Excel, but she loves her Publisher, so we decided it wasn’t worth switching to Linux.